CUMBERLAND COUNTY, ILLINOIS
LONG POINT CHAPEL CHURCH IN
Many people are
getting Long Point in Neoga Township and Long Point in Union Township
confused. They are several miles apart as Neoga is on the west
side of the county and Union is on the east so we leave these two
articles on the Long Point of Union Township also.
is one of the oldest churches in Cumberland County, Illinois.
About the year 1849, David Fancher with his family settled in the east
side of the county, a few miles from Casey. It was a timbered
country, with but few inhabitants. Mr. Fancher, father of C.C.
Fancher, so well known in Illinois Conference, proposed that a church
be built. The neighbors said they had no money, but if Mr.
Fancher would furnish the lumber for the seats, casings, etc. they
would hew out logs and put up a church. Under this agreement, C.C.
Fancher, then a mere boy, was sent far west into the timber skirting
the Embraw River (this is a distance of about ten to fifteen
miles) to haul walnut logs with an ox team to the mill. In the
meantime others were felling and hewing trees, in in a short time a
church was built. This was 1857, and it is not known whether this
house or a similar one built by the Friends, north of Greenup, holds
the priority record. The church was later replaced by a frame
building. About twelve years ago, this building was moved a few
rods, repaired, and put in first class order. Five years ago,
Rev. W.R. Seitzinger was assigned the charge, and promoted a very
gracious revival in which there were near one hundred conversions, and
leadership of his successor, Rev TH.. Decker, a mod…d church was built,
with a full basement, and this past year a new electric lighting system
15, 1923, the house was dedicated, Bishop H.H. Fout was with us,
preached in the forenoon, then called for an offering. Four
thousand dollars was asked for, and during this day $3,892.38 was
secured in cash and pledges. The women's aid had put $500.00 into
the building, and cheerfully assumed a pledge of $1,000. Revs.
G.M. Meyers and E.L. Bates gave valued assistance, and the orchestra
from our Casey church furnished good music. A great dinner was
served in the basement.
This information is transcribed
The Happy Hunter, Cumberland County Genealogy Society, Greenup
Illinois. The date and volume number is not noted on the
pages that I
am transcribing from. I had requested copies of information from April,
1968 , Vol. 3, Issue 2. Thelma Bishop from the Cumberland County
Historical Society graciously located, copied and sent this information
to me. The copies were somewhat difficult to read, and any errors
mine. (Contributed by Brenda Duckworth)
HISTORY OF LONG POINT CIRCUIT & LONG POINT CHAPEL
1830 seems to be
the earliest record of an organized U.B. church in the state of
Illinois. One was in McLean County and the second in south
eastern Coles county in the vicinity of Westfield.
Long Point chapel has long been a landmark in the Casey
community. It was organized about 1843. The meetings for
the first 10 years or so were held in a log school across the road and
north of the cemetery. The school was turned over to the church,
and a new school house built northwest about a mile.
In the U.B. History for 1845-1857 Long Point is not mentioned by
name, but it is thought to have been part of the Westfield circuit
which was in the Wabash Conference. Wabash Conference had 50
ministers in attendance in 1845. In 1857 Wabash Conference was
divided into the Upper and Lower Wabash conference. The latter
About 1855 a new Long Point Church was built. It was a large
plain building, built just west of the present (1953) church.
Amos Hugh Lacey (born 1848) and John Galbreath, then just kids, kept
fire when first it was plastered. Uncle David Fancher (father of
Cicero Fancher) and Uncle William Hiller (father of Sarah Lee,
born 1843 and grandfather of Ethel Lee) and Peter Wagner (grandfather
of Edith Howe Shuey) hauled logs for the church to Doc. A.G.
Lacey’s (Hugh’s father) sawmill located just west of Jud Volks
house on the banks of Long Point Creek.
Others mentioned in connection with the church at that time
were: the John Miller family, the Barbara Cook family, Sam, Bill,
and John Dailey (Sam and Royal Fancher’s teacher, Daddy Witt, Dan
Davidson, and Bent Cutright. Preachers remembered were Alexander
Helton, Jim Cougill, Chittendon, Cavy Ross, Schidler, Tipsword,
Buzzard, and Charles Jones who was the presiding elder.
This new church had two front doors and aisles, and as the custom was
the women entered the right door and the men the left, and sat during
the services on their respective sides. At the close of the
services, if a young man wished to accompany a lady friend home, he
must “beat it” to her door and woe to the young man who was too
At first meetings were held regularly. Testaments were purchased
by the church and used in place of quarterlies in the Sunday school and
there was not organ to help with the music. Musical instruments
were considered too worldly by many for churches. One story
told of a song leader who used a tuning fork to get the right pitch,
which procedure was objected to by the choir since they had not been
trained in that way.
Members from a distance would often come in big wagons and pick up
neighbors, and so have a full load when reaching church.
The first conference session of the Lower Wabash Conference was
held at Westfield, March 17-21, 1859. Bishop David Edwards
presided. 16 fields of labor were in the conference. 18 had
18 or more appointments each. Weather was cold and stormy. Roads
were bad, ministers traveled by horseback. Buggies and railroads
were not used.
The names of the circuits and missions at this time (1859) do not
greatly assist the modern reader in understanding their locations.
from The Happy Hunter, Cumberland County Genealogy Society, April 1968,
Vol. 3, Issue 2, page 20. Contributed by Brenda Duckworth
REOPENING OF LONG POINT CHAPEL
This church was built in 1855, being four
years before the organization of the Lower Wabash Conference.
Many souls now in heaven were saved at its altar; many faithful
servants of God now departed dispensed the word of life from its
pulpit. By reason of long use it was well worn and needed
repairs. The membership was scattered, and became so discouraged
that they requested the former pastor to disband the class and not
report it to the conference; but as a wise Shepard, he declined
to do so. I commenced a meeting there last October to rally the
membership, which was a grand success. The power of God was manifested,
and many hearts were made happy. After a siege of three weeks, repairs
began, and the old house was completely modernized at a cost of
$450. An antique oak case Epworth Organ (retail price of $102)
was placed in it: and on Sunday, Feb. 6 at the reopening, the
people subscribed a sufficient amount to pay the balance due on the
repairs, pay for the new organ, and a liberal margin remaining.
Rev. P.H. Wagoner aided in the dedication services. Now old Long
Point Chapel, with its class of forty members has taken on new life and
strength to go forward in the masters work. Washington Church has
also been repainted and papered, and is as bright as new.
This information was
The Happy Hunter, Cumberland County Genealogy Society, Greenup,
Illinois; April, 1968, Vol 3, Issue 2, pg. 21. It had originally
been “copied from an old newspaper signed by Samuel Wills, no date”
Contributed by Brenda Duckworth
CORNER STONE LAYING, 1923
Last Sunday was a day long to be remembered
among the members of the Long Point United Brethren Church. Two
years ago Rev. T.W. Seitzinger began a movement for the erection of a
new church, but for some cause or another, the progress of the movement
ceased. After the Rev. T. H. Decker came to the charge last autumn, the
enterprise was revived and now the new church is actually under
headway. The basement is in, the foundation laid and the laying
of the brick begun. Last Sunday afternoon the Rev George N. Myers
in the absence of Conference Superintendent Arbogast, who was appointed
by him officiated at the laying of the corner stone. He was
ably assisted by the pastor, Rev. Decker, and by the members of the
official board. Mr. C.C. Fancher and Mr. James Walling assisted as
honorary members. The old church was erected 70 years ago, in
1853. Only two persons were present who were present when the old
church was dedicated. They were C.C. Fancher and Hugh
The meeting was not well announced, but a
representative audience was present. About 200 dollars or more in
additional pledges was secured. The church will be a
beauty-one of which the people of Casey and vicinity will be
Rev. Myers addressed the crowd briefly from
the text “Go and do all that is in they heart; for Jehovah, thy God, is
with thee” I Samuel, 7:3. All Those who are interested in
moral and spiritual progression, whether a member of the church or not,
would be proud to have the opportunity of assisting in this worthy
History written by …?.. Lacey
Typed by Martha ….?….
The Happy Hunter, Cumberland County Genealogy Society; Greenup,
Illinois; April 1968, Vol. 3, Issue 2, page 21. Contributed by
LIST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE LONG